Ariarne Titmus breaks Katie Ledecky world record as coach Dean Boxall erupts again

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Ariarne Titmus broke Katie Ledecky‘s world record in the 400m freestyle at the Australian swimming trials on Sunday, becoming the first swimmer other than Ledecky to break a Ledecky world record.

Titmus, the 21-year-old who won the Olympic 200m and 400m frees over Ledecky, clocked 3:56.40 to take six hundredths off Ledecky’s world record from the 2016 Olympics.

“I never thought that at this meet post-Olympics I’d be swimming faster than at Olympic trials and the Olympic Games,” Titmus said on Amazon Prime. “So, I guess, you keep surprising yourself, and it keeps the sport interesting.”

Just like last year, Titmus’ fiery coach Dean Boxall cheered Titmus on with his trademark intensity.

“Yeah, I saw him,” Titmus said. He’s been a bit subdued [earlier in the meet]. It’s nice he probably saved his energy for the big one.”

Titmus has said she will not swim at the world championships next month, instead putting her focus on the Commonwealth Games in July. That means she will not face Ledecky at a championship meet until 2023 at the earliest.

“Biggest thing since the Olympics, Dean said to me I have this freedom, pressure’s off your back,” Titmus said. “Coming here with no pressure, other than the pressure that I put on myself, which is still pretty high, it’s fun to come here and swim like that.”

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